Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

Local Unit News

WSNA Cafeteria Time  (2/26/2014)

Come talk to your WSNA Local Unit Officers and Nurse Representative in the Sacred Heart cafeteria.  Bring your questions and concerns.  Look for the WSNA sign.
 
March 6th from 0800-0930
March 10th from 1200-1400
March 19th from 1700-1900

 
Debi Bessmer, WSNA Nurse Rep
1-800-231-8482, Ext. 3112
dbessmer@wsna.org

It’s Almost Time For The Regional Brunch!  (2/13/2014)

Sponsored by the WSNA Local Units in Spokane, WSNA is putting on a Regional Brunch to give the nurses a chance to meet and network with other colleges in the Spokane area.  This event is FREE to you!  Guest speaker is:

Hanna Welander, BSN, RN, WSNA Nurse Representative
Social Media:  Is your job in peril over your next Facebook status update?  Your employer is watching!
 

When:  March 8th, 2014 from 9am to noon
Where:  Red Lion at the Park, Skyline Ballroom

1.0 CE will be provided.

Please be sure to RSVP by March 5, 2014 for this event at the WSNA office:  
1-800-231-8482 then dial “0”


Thanks again to the Nurses of the WSNA Local Units who have donated to this event!  
Sacred Heart, Holy Family, Providence VNA, Pullman Regional

Washington State Nurses Association CNEPP (OH-231, 9/1/2015) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Save the Date - Regional Brunch coming to Spokane this Spring!  (1/31/2014)

Don’t miss out on this FREE opportunity to meet and network with other fellow WSNA nurses in your area!  Sponsored by the WSNA Local Units in Spokane, WSNA is putting on a Regional Brunch to give the nurses a chance to meet and network with other colleges in the Spokane area.  Guest speakers include:

Hanna Welander, BSN, RN, WSNA Nurse Representative
Social Media:  Is Your Job In Peril Over Your Next Facebook Posting?  Your employer is watching!  
When:  March 8th, 2014 from 9 am to noon
Where:  Red Lion at the Park, Skyline Ballroom
1.0 CE will be provided

Thank you to the Nurses of the WSNA Local Units who have donated to this event!
Sacred Heart, Holy Family, Providence VNA, and Pullman Regional

Washington State Nurses Association CNEPP (OH-231, 9/1/2015) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Come Vote on Changes to the OR Training Program  (1/24/2014)

Date:  February 11th, 2014
Times:  1000-1400
Place:  Hop-Top Room on L3
 
Copies of the changes to the OR training program agreement will be present at the vote.
 
You must be a member in good standing to vote.  
 
Any questions, please call Debi Bessmer, Nurse Rep at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112

WSNA Cafeteria Time  (9/12/2013)

Come talk to your WSNA officers and Nurse Representative in the Sacred Heart cafeteria. Bring your questions and concerns.  Look for the WSNA sign.  

  • September 23rd from 1200-1400
  • September 23rd from 1700-1900
  • September 27th from 0800-1000

Debi Bessmer, WSNA Nurse Rep
1-800-231-8482, Ext. 3112
dbessmer@wsna.org

The Contract Has Been Ratified!  (8/22/2013)

Please thank your negotiating team for volunteering their time and doing such a great job.  
 
Your new contract will be arriving in the near future on a user friendly CD.  This CD will contain your contract and much, much more: the nurse practice act, health and safety information, and links to several websites.  
 
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact:
 
Debi Bessmer, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative
1-800-231-8482 Ext. 3112
dbessmer@wsna.org

Contract General Summary August 20, 2013  (8/14/2013)

YOUR BARGAINING TEAM RECOMMENDS A ‘YES’ VOTE.

Your fellow nurses on the WSNA worked very hard to secure a fair contract for the nurses at Sacred Heart.  Management came to the table with very aggressive proposals, and the WSNA nursing team fought very hard to fight off these proposals and to secure improvements in several areas of the contract.  Since November 2012, we conducted 20 bargaining sessions, including three with the assistance of a Federal mediator.  The last two bargaining sessions were conducted over two consecutive days.  The first day lasted over 13 hours, and the second day was more than 22 continuous hours of bargaining.  We improved the contract in several regards, but also had to make some tough decisions.

To see the summary of the new contract that we ask you to ratify, click here.   

 

Contract Ratification Vote  (8/5/2013)

Date:  August 20th, 2013
    
Times:
0600-0900
1400-1700
1800-2100

Place: Classroom 1 in the Children’s Hospital (4th floor)

  • Your negotiation team has just spent 2 very long days of mediation with a federal mediator (July 31st with 13 continuous hours and August 1st with 22 continuous hours) to get the best deal we could for the nurses.  So, after 20 negotiation sessions, we have a tentative agreement for the bargaining unit to vote on.
  • Please thank your WSNA negotiation team for all of their hard work, hours and dedication.  
  • Your WSNA negotiation team and attorney will be present at the vote to review the changes and answer any questions.  


Must be a member in good standing to vote.

Negotiation Update  (7/23/2013)

  • We had our first full day of mediation on July 17th.  
  • Both sides of the negotiation teams have continued to exchange proposals.
  • Your negotiation team continues to voice the importance of health insurance, wages, staffing and maintenance of benefits.  
  • Our next mediation dates are scheduled for July 31st and August 1st.

What you can do:

  • Keep wearing your WSNA buttons at work.
  • Please wear blue on Tuesday.  Tuesday is Bluesday!
  • Please watch your mail and email closely for further actions.

Negotiation Update  (7/1/2013)

For the latest Negotiation Update, click here.

Negotiation Update and Action Alert  (6/21/2013)

The mediator was unable to be present at the June 18th session.  Our next mediation dates are July 17th and 31st.  

Don’t miss attending one of these meetings on June 27th, 2013:

  • 0800-0930 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall, 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1300-1430 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall, 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1545-1700 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall, 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1945-2100 (Thai Bamboo, 5406 N. Division St.) Perkins was not available.


Your team needs to hear your questions and input
Come to get a detailed update
Go to SpokaneLovesOurNurses.org and sign the petition

We are in “Collective Bargaining” – we need all of you to come and show UNITY!

In Preparation for the Upcoming Mandatory EPIC Training  (6/18/2013)

Please carefully read through the contract language below. Pay special attention to the language concerning how you are to be paid.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Debi Bessmer RN, WSNA Rep
1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112
dbessmer@wsna.org

9.13.2 Inservice Education.
The functions of inservice education in the Medical Center shall be:

  • to promote the safe and competent care of the patient
  • to develop staff competence
  • to create an environment that stimulates learning, creativity and personal satisfaction.  Topics to be offered will be determined by discussions between the nurses and the inservice department.

The objectives of the inservice education within the Medical Center shall be: to review the philosophy, objectives and functions of inservice education in light of needs of personnel, nursing department and nursing care; to provide ongoing education programs which will enhance patient care; to review current nursing care trends.
If nurses are required to attend inservice programs during their off duty hours, they will be paid at the appropriate rate.
 

  1. Staff assigned to attend mandatory education sessions will be paid for the time in attendance.
  2. If the nurse attends a mandatory education session less than their work shift length and the remainder of their work shift is less than four (4) hours, they will be paid for their entire shift, e.g., a ten (10) hour staff member attending an eight (8) hour class. A twelve (12) hour staff member attending a class for eight (8) hours that ends at 5:30 p.m. (and the end of their shift is 7:30 p.m.) is paid for twelve (12) hours.
  3. If four (4) hours or more remain in the nurse's workday coinciding with the nurse's scheduled shift time, the nurse has the option to work, take PTO or take time off with no pay for the remainder of that shift. For example, a twelve (12) hour staff member attends a seven (7) hour class that ends at 3 p.m. and the staff member's shift ends at 7:30 p.m. B options for that staff member include:  returning to work until 7:30 p.m., taking PTO or electing no pay/no work for the remainder of that twelve (12) hour shift.
  4. Managers may schedule staff to "split" mandatory class shifts so that one staff member provides patient care for the first half of the shift while another attends the class and then they switch roles for the remainder of the shift. For example, an eight (8) hour staff member is assigned to attend a three-and-one-half hour class, while another provides patient care. The staff person who attended class then returns to the unit to provide patient care so the other staff member can attend the class during the remainder of the shift.
  5. All education time hours will be entered into the time and attendance system using the appropriate code. Mandatory education hours are in addition to the continuing education hours referred to in Section 12.8, Paid professional/Educational Leave at Nurse's Request.

Negotiation Update  (6/11/2013)

  • The Negotiation Team would like to thank everyone for all the enthusiastic support at the informational picketing.  A strong message was sent to management that the nurses at Sacred Heart are strong and united. All the honking of horns shows that the public is also behind us!
  • We had our 16th negotiation day on June 5th at which time your negotiation team decided it is now time to head to mediation.  Our first mediation date is set for June 18th.  
  • We still have some very big issues in front of us such as benefits and management trying to remove the retention of present benefits article.  Just because other bargaining units have accepted the benefits package does not mean the nurses at Sacred Heart have to accept it.  
  • Patient safety has been a constant driving issue at negotiations.  From the start of negotiations, we have had discussions across the table with management about staffing, call, overtime, sitters, orientation and rest between shifts.  All of these issues can affect patient safety.  


What you can do:
Keep wearing your WNSA buttons at work.
Please wear blue on Tuesday.  Tuesday is Bluesday!
Please watch your mail and email closely for further actions.

Photos from Informational Picket  (6/5/2013)

Photos from yesterday's informational picket are now online.

Action Alert  (5/28/2013)

The Heat is On.  Your Negotiating Team needs you now.  All WSNA RN’s at Sacred Heart Medical Center!

Informational Picketing:
June 4th, 2013
1400-1900
We will meet at McClellan and 8th

Now is the time for all of you to stand up and fight back.  Bring your family and friends to hold picket signs to support the excellent nurses at Sacred Heart!

Get Ready. Have Fun.
June 3rd, 2013
1400-1600
Picket Sign Making at the Operating Engineers
370 Union Hall in Spokane (510 South Elm Street)


 

Negotiation Update  (5/20/2013)

Your negotiation team had another day of negotiations on May 15th, 2013.  The team has been working hard to try and secure a fair contract at Sacred Heart.  While we have made significant progress on reassignment/layoff language, we are still facing significant issues of health insurance and economics. 

Our next negotiation dates are May 21st and June 5th. 
 
What you can do:

  • Keep wearing your WSNA buttons at work
  • Please wear blue on Tuesday.  “Tuesday is Bluesday!”
  • Go to Spokane Loves Our Nurses on Facebook and “like” the site. 
  • Watch for upcoming events. 

Now is the time to have a UNIFIED VOICE!  Get involved!

Spokane Loves Our Nurses  (5/8/2013)

Spokane residents come to Providence Sacred Heart in time of joy and in times of sorrow. They love Sacred Heart nurses; women and men who treat patients and their supporters like their own families.

Do these 4 things now:

  1. Get your red and white "Spokane Loves Our Nurses" window signs and hand them out to businesses, friends with homes and cars. Meet us from noon to 3:30pm on Thurs, May 9th at Cowley Park (just below the east parking garage) to get your window signs.  We would like you to hand them out to businesses, and friends with homes and cars.
  2. 'LIKE' Spokane Loves Our Nurses on Facebook and ask all of your friends, too.
  3. Sign the petition to Providence CEO Koster and Sacred Heart CEO Couture click here.
  4. Watch for the Spokane Loves Our Nurses ads during cable news, your favorite tv shows and online. Click here to view on YouTube.


New Ad Campaign -
Patient safety and fairness are at the heart of a new ad campaign hitting Spokane airwaves and computers today. Spokane residents will see television ads, online ads, websites and more highlighting the differences between Providence Health & Services and the 1,600 registered nurses serving Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Everybody Has A Story To Tell
Everyone who comes to Sacred Heart for help comes away with their own stories of how a registered nurse here went the extra mile to make them feel at home and truly cared for.

Now it's time to ask those folks to speak up and help WSNA nurses get the support the need during contract negotiations with Providence.

How Nurses Can Help
Here's how you can help make this work:

  1. Make a list of any of your friends, family members, EMTs and other first responders, neighbors, shop clerks, church members, or others who came to Sacred Heart for help.
  2. Take a deep breath and remember it's okay to ask for help. Right? Right?
  3. Take 3 minutes to send an email, a phone call, or just pause during that coffee break and ask them to submit their stories, pictures, comments or recollections through an easy form, click here or email them to info@spokanelovesournurses.org.
  4. Most stories will be reposted!

Share the website with your family and friends & 'LIKE' Tacoma Loves Our Nurses on facebook!
 

Important Action Alert!  (5/6/2013)

Come meet us from noon to 3:30pm on Thurs, May 9th at Cowley Park (just below the east parking garage) to get your red and white “Spokane Loves Our Nurses” window signs.  We would like you to hand them out to businesses, and friends with homes and cars.

Also, don’t forget to visit and “like” the Spokane Loves Our Nurses Facebook page!

Negotiation Update  (4/30/2013)

“Some Cuts Don’t Heal!”

Your negotiation team had another day of negotiations on April 26th, 2013.  Our next negotiation dates are May 15th, May 21st and June 5th.  Your negotiation team has been working hard to try and secure a fair contract at Sacred Heart.  While we have made some progress and reached tentative agreements on some important issues, management has continued to take positions on several issues that we believe could, among other things, negatively impact your working conditions and your financial security.  

What you can do:

  • Keep wearing your WSNA buttons at work
  • Please wear blue on Tuesday.  Tuesday is Bluesday!
  • Attend one of the meetings below.

Action Alert - Local Unit Meetings:

On May 13th, 2013 don’t miss attending one of these meetings to hear more negotiation details and future actions:

  • 0800-0930 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall, 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1300-1430 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall, 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1545-1700 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall, 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1945-2100  (Perkins Restaurant, 12 E. Olive)

Now is the time to have a unified voice.  Get involved!  

Congratulations! Together WE Won! Full Victory on Sacred Heart Rest Breaks Case!  (4/7/2013)

This week, the nine justices of the Washington State Supreme Court reaffirmed its unanimous decision upholding your statutory rights as nurses to be paid overtime when your duties prevent you from taking a rest period.  Sacred Heart Medical Center’s motion for reconsideration in Washington State Nurses Association v. Sacred Heart Medical Center was denied, bringing to an end our long, hard-fought battle for justice and protection of our nursing practice.  After eight long years of hard work and perseverance, we now have full victory!  This landmark decision will set precedence that will mean safer care for patients throughout the Washington State and the country.

You, the Registered Nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center, deserve huge congratulations for the courage, conviction and perseverance you demonstrated throughout this whole process!  Once again, you hung together, united in purpose and mutual support, knowing that it’s harmful for both nurses and our patients when you are forced to work 10, 12 or even more hours in a row without breaks  Nurses, the public’s heroes of health care, intercept 86% of medical errors before there is harm to patients, but we can’t do that if we are not rested and alert.

This historic decision means that hospitals will now face a financial penalty if they fail to provide rest breaks and will serve as an important incentive for hospitals to give nurses the breaks they need to provide safe patient care.

Negotiation Update  (3/26/2013)

“Some Cuts Don’t Heal!”

Your negotiation team had another day of negotiations on March 19th, 2013.  Our next negotiation dates are April 3rd and 9th, 2013.  Your negotiation team has been working hard and we are still facing significant take-aways such as:

Insurance changes:

  • Change of health insurance options to HSA, HRA and Group Health plan. For the employee, these changes may well mean increase in premiums and out of pocket costs. 
  • Elimination of “Beneflex” dollars. 
  • Starting benefit year 2015, employees in assigned FTEs of .5-.74 will receive benefits equal to at least seventy percent of the premium cost received by .75-1.0 FTE employees.
  • Dental and Vision insurance - beginning in benefit year 2015, benefit eligible employees may be required to contribute up to 50% of the premium cost. 
  • We believe the hospital can afford the same insurance and premiums for its employees.  The Spokesman Review just reported a $50 million profit for Sacred Heart last year. 

Reassignment/Layoff Procedure:

  • Management’s proposal will offer fewer options for positions. 

Wages:

  • Management’s current proposal is a 1% wage increase every year when the Spokesman Review just reported a $50 million profit for Sacred Heart last year. 

Retention of Present Benefits:

  • Management has proposed removal of the retention of present benefits article which reads: “This Agreement shall not operate to reduce or eliminate any benefits covered in the Agreement which are now enjoyed by nurses covered herein.”
  • Nurses have fought hard to get and keep this in the contract. 

Action Alert - Local Unit Meetings:

On April 10th, 2013, don’t miss attending one of these meetings to hear more negotiation details and future actions:

  • 0800-0930 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall, 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1300-1430 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall, 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1545-1700 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall, 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1945-2100  (Perkins Restaurant, 12 E. Olive)

 

Negotiation Update  (3/7/2013)

  • We have had another long day of negotiations on March 5th, 2013.
  • Your negotiation team sat through another presentation by management concerning the same proposed changes to health care benefits.
  • We continue to face significant take-aways concerning insurances, reassignment/layoff, loss of beneflex dollars and the proposed deletion of article 16 (Retention of Present Benefits). 
  • Our next negotiation dates are March 19th and April 3rd. 

We have heard your voices and know you are ready to stand together in UNITY to fight off these take-aways.  We are considering what action to take next so please watch your email and mail closely.

Continue to wear your WSNA buttons and remember

“Tuesday is Bluesday!”
 

Negotiation Update  (2/22/2013)

  • We have had another full day of negotiations on February 21st, 2013.
  • Your negotiation team has been working hard and we are still facing significant take-aways concerning insurances, reassignment/layoff, and retention of present benefits. 
  • Our next negotiation dates are March 5th, March 19th and April 3rd. 

Local Unit Meetings:
On February 27th, 2013 don’t miss attending one of these meetings to hear more negotiation details:

  • 0800-0930 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1300-1430 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1545-1700 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1945-2100 (Perkins Restaurant 12 E. Olive)  

Negotiation Update  (2/8/2013)

  • We have had another day of negotiations on February 7, 2013.  The negotiation day of January 31st was cancelled. 
  • Your negotiation team has been working hard and we are still facing significant take-aways. 
  • Our next negotiation date is February 21st, 2013.


Local Unit Meetings:
 
On February 27th, 2013 don’t miss attending one of these meetings to hear more negotiation details:

  • 0800-0930 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1300-1430 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1545-1700 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1945-2100  (Perkins Restaurant 12 E. Olive)

Negotiation Update  (1/31/2013)

Due to management unilaterally implementing some changes in your benefits while we are still in negotiations and have an extended contract, we have filed an association grievance and an unfair labor practice.
 
Our next negotiation dates are:

  • January 31st
  • February 7th
  • February 21st

Please remember to wear your WSNA buttons to work and Tuesday is Bluesday!

Action Alert  (1/18/2013)

Are you willing to lose major benefits you currently have?  Serious take-aways proposed at negotiations by your employer.

Show your UNITY by coming to this important meeting. 

Don’t miss attending one of these meetings at the Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall (510 South Elm St., Spokane, WA) on:
January 28th, 2013
0800-1100
1300-1700

Negotiation Update  (12/17/2012)

Happy Holidays from your Negotiation Team.  We have had 5 days of bargaining with little progress.  At our last negotiation date, Management proposed an interim agreement that would last through February 15th, 2013.  Even though this interim agreement included an across the board wage increase of 1.5% and double time holdover pay for the OR after one hour past the end of shift, it also included implementation of the new medical benefit options. We just could not agree to this short term agreement due to it including the medical benefits changes.  We are in the process of trying to confirm our next negotiation dates in January.  We have an extension to the contract through January 15th, 2013. 

Some of the major take-aways still on the table are:

   Insurance changes:

  • Change of health insurance options to HSA, HRA and Group Health plan.
  • Elimination of flexible benefits program contract language.
  • Starting benefit year 2015 employees in assigned FTEs of .5-.74 will receive benefits equal to at least seventy percent of the premium cost received by .75-1.0 FTE employees.
  • Dental and Vision insurance- beginning in benefit year 2015, benefit eligible employees may be required to contribute up to 50% of the premium cost. 

   Reassignment/Layoff Procedure: Fewer protections and fewer options with only 14 days notice.

   Unit Restructure: New contract article proposed by management that would give management the flexibility to change units at will with only 14 days notice and not necessarily utilize seniority when doing so. 

   Schedule Posting: Language that would allow management to change the least senior nurses’ schedule to fill a shift or call vacancy after the schedule is posted and no volunteers come forward. 

Here is what you can do:

  • Please show our UNITY by wearing WSNA blue on Tuesdays.    “Tuesday is Blues Day!”
  • Please watch for upcoming events and plan to attend.  YOU are the UNION. 

United we bargain - Divided we beg

Negotiation Update  (11/30/2012)

Your WSNA negotiation team has had three sessions now with management.

Management has proposed several take-aways.  Here are a few of them:

  • We are continuing to bargain health insurance and Management has continued to hold on their original proposal. 
  • Management has made a proposal for reassignment/layoff with significant changes on options and protections which are currently in the contract.
  • Management has proposed language that would allow them to change the least senior nurses’ schedule to fill a shift or call vacancy after the schedule is posted. 
  • Management has proposed wage increases of 1% across the board in each year of the 3 year contract.
  • Our next negotiation dates are December 3rd and 10th.  Please wear BLUE on these dates in a show of support!

Unity = Strength

Negotiation Update  (11/16/2012)

Your WSNA negotiation team has had two sessions with management.  We have yet to receive management’s full proposal.

We are still bargaining health insurance and expect to see a significant proposal again on reassignment/layoff.
 
Our next negotiation date is December 3rd,  please wear BLUE on this date in a show of support!!
 
Unity = Strength
 

Negotiation Update  (10/31/2012)

Your negotiation team is heading to the table this week.  Please stay tuned for upcoming events and information.

Your Negotiation Team Members are:

  • Marty Avey, ICU
  • Deb Perry, NICU
  • Pat Kandratowicz, PCCA
  • Camille Sturdivant-Daly, ER
  • Paula Thomas, MB
  • Kathy Warren, LD
  • David Emerson, 7N
  • Pernille Mayhew, 5S
  • Nancy Stong, OR
  • Vicki Benson, Radiology

Dates of Negotiations are (show your support by wearing WSNA blue on these days):

  • November  1st
  • November  9th 
  • November  28th
  • December  3rd
  • December  10th

Benefits Update  (10/10/2012)

  • WSNA’s position continues to be that changes to current benefits have to be bargained.
  • It has been brought to WSNA’s attention that Sacred Heart management is insisting that nurses make a choice during the open enrollment of  October 1 to 21.  Even though we are not in agreement with this and have demanded open enrollment cease, we are recommending that all of you enroll in the plan of your choice as offered.
  • In the meantime, we will be challenging these changes. 

If you have any questions, please contact:
Debi Bessmer, WSNA Nurse Rep
1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112
dbessmer@wsna.org

Benefits Update  (9/21/2012)

  • Changes to benefits need to be bargained with WSNA. 
  • Options need to be finalized prior to nurses choosing their options.
  • We will be entering into contract negotiations later this year.  

If you have any questions, please contact:
Debi Bessmer, WSNA Nurse Rep
1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112
dbessmer@wsna.org

Contract Negotiation On-Line Survey, 2012  (8/6/2012)

The current contract between WSNA and SHMC expires December 31, 2012.  The survey is the first step in our preparation for contract negotiations.

Your input is critical in determining our priorities as we head to the bargaining table.  It is vital that we know your issues and concerns prior to the start of negotiations.

Please take a moment to complete this survey.  Give time and thoughtful consideration to your answers.  This is your livelihood; your working conditions.

Remember, we would like to be an effective, strong, influential voice for you at the table.  Strength comes from unity--the power of representation comes from the willingness of Registered Nurses to unite and show support through membership in WSNA.  In order to have voting privileges on the upcoming contract, you must be a member prior to ratification, or present your completed application with three months dues at the time of the vote. 

ON-LINE SURVEY
To access the on-line survey,
click here.
 
Available until August 20, 2012.

Contract Negotiations Kick-off!  (8/2/2012)

Come Kick-off contract negotiations with some Fun and Schwan’s Ice-Cream

When:  August 13th, 2012
Time:  1300-1700
Where:  Cowley Park (just below the East Parking Garage)

Your Negotiation Team Members are:

  • Deb Perry (Co-Chair) - NICU
  • Marty Avey (Co-Chair) - ICU
  • Camille Sturdivant-Daly (Treasurer) - ER
  • Paula Thomas (Secretary) - MB
  • Kathy Warren (Grievance Officer) - LD
  • Pernille Mayhew (Member-at-large) - 5S
  • David Emerson - 7N
  • Nancy Stong - OR
  • Pat Kandratowicz - PCCA
  • Vicki Benson - Radiology

June Newsletter  (6/4/2012)

click here

Update - OR and DBDS Reassignment/Layoff  (5/7/2012)

WSNA met with your management today, 5-7-2012, for the Reassignment/Layoff process affecting the OR and DBDS. Due to WSNA’s persistence, a short while into the process management decided not to continue on.  All the nurses should have been notified by management that they were not going through with the reassignment/layoff today.  After some discussion, Management stated they will be doing the following:

  • Meeting with the OR/DBDS nurses and discuss options and seek input
  • Explore seeking volunteers to increase or decrease hours and shift length
  • Get back to WSNA after the above is done

If you have any questions or concerns please contact:
Debi Bessmer, WSNA Nurse Rep
dbessmer@wsna.org
1-800-231-8482 ext 3112

Reassignment/Layoff in the Surgical Services Department  (4/18/2012)

Unfortunately WSNA has formally been given official notice by management for reassignment/layoff in the Surgical Services Department.  The units identified so far are OR and Day Surgery.  Your Officers and Nurse Rep will meet with management within 10 days to discuss the process.

Here is what you can do:

Review your contract under article 9.5 Reassignment/Layoff.

Come to one of the  Local Unit meetings to listen and ask questions:

Date:  April 27th

Time / Place:          
0600-0700 (Avista A&B)
or
1530-1700 (Leahy Room on L3)

If you have questions, contact your Nurse Rep or Officers at:

  • Debi Bessmer, Nurse Rep at dbessmer@wsna.org or 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112.
  • Officers at voice-tel 1-866-305-5612

Rest Between Shifts  (3/2/2012)

If you work a combination of shift lengths at Sacred Heart Medical Center and feel you may not have been paid according to the contract for rest between shifts for two consecutive eight hour shifts from September, 2011 to the present, please contact WSNA Nurse Rep Debi Bessmer as soon as possible at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112 or dbessmer@wsna.org.

Health Insurance Update  (10/18/2011)

The Health Insurance Committee has met and here is what we know so far:

  • For the bargaining unit nurses, the PHP Primary plan is staying in place and not changing to ProvPreferred PPO.
  • More details about the Healthy Advantage plan to come. We are awaiting more information. 

Your members on the Health Insurance Committee are:
Marty Avey
Deb Perry
Camille Sturdivant-Daly
Cathy Harris
Kathy Warren

Any questions or concerns please contact:
Debi Bessmer, WSNA Nurse Rep
dbessmer@wsna.org
1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112
 

Rest Breaks Court Decision  (8/26/2011)

In a blow to patient safety and worker rights, the Washington State Court of Appeals on August 25th overturned the decision of longtime Spokane Superior Court Judge Kathleen O'Conner related to rest breaks.  WSNA is extremely disappointed with the  2-1 decision which found that Sacred Heart Medical Center had satisfied its obligations under the Minimum Wage Act by paying nurses straight time for missed rest breaks that resulted in overtime hours worked. 

The decision is a disappointment for all nurses in the State.  It is particularly disturbing as the decision fails to apply fundamental legal principles that ensure workers are not wrongly denied pay for their labor.  Patient safety and protecting nurses against fatigue through uninterrupted meal and rest breaks remains a top priority for WSNA and the nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center. 

We will continue our fight for patient safety and examine all options of next steps related to this lawsuit.  Please cont

Spokane Unity Dinner  (5/10/2011)

Attention Spokane area nurses! Over 200 nurses signed up to attend the WSNA Spokane area nurses Unity Dinner.

Attached is a news bulletin

(PDF; 1.75MB) with pictures and descriptions of the fun filled and energetic event. See if you recognize any of your fellow nurses enjoying a lovely evening of solidarity and unity together.

PEP Program Update  (2/17/2011)

The PEP program was voted in by the bargaining unit.

Here is an overview of the new program:

  • The Professional Enhancement Program (PEP).  PEP would be a new voluntary reward and recognition program supporting certified registered nurses (RNC).
  • PEP is designed to encourage and support RNCs who participate in activities that enhance the profession of nursing evidenced by participation in activities beyond the normal expectations outlined in their job descriptions. 
  • Points would be earned over the course of the year as defined by their plan and will result in the level of incentive payment for RNCs.  Incentive payment ranges between $350.00 and $1,000.00.

Health Insurance Vote Update  (10/18/2010)

The vote for the health insurance change from the Healthy Advantage Plan to the ProveSelect HSA did NOT pass so all plans will stay the same, which are; Sacred Heart Primary Plan (PHP), Group Health (GHC), and Group Health (GHC) Welcome Plan and Health Advantage Plan.

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